9 September 2009
Loads to do before Scarborough need to get into gear again.
On the boat home this morning. Have been on antibiotics a week now and my body has decided enough is
enough. Good job I'm a good sailor!
5 September 2009
All day packing up and saying goodbye
to people. At least it stayed dry in the afternoon to get the awning down and the flooring packed away. We managed
to get out for some munch in the evening and catch up with our good friends.
4 September 2009
busy, busy. Two races today. The steering damper had pulled itself out of the headstock but this was now fixed.
Id spent the last two weeks been told how big the target was on my back for the ultra lightweight. I started 89th
which felt like Onchan Park Stadium and finished 28th with a Silver Replica. On reflection I was pleased.
I hadn't ridden the bike before practice week the first time being Saturday of practice week off down Bray Hill.
I'd done 5 or 6 laps on her, went out in the race on untested suspension as we'd changed it again and lapped at 101mph.
An achievement but not success. Success was my friend Carolynn Sells winning. I didn't see her for ages but
was so chuffed for her, the team and her mum!
I felt absolutely fine as I got on the R6 for the Senior.
There wasn't much time between the two races but I knew I was fit and looked forward to the race. The changeable
weather saw that change though. Many riders pulled in and we had quite a few fallers. I was glad to get home with
the course wet in different places on each lap.
Huddy had an unfortunate race coming into the pits within seconds
of me only to have problems fuelling. The tap hadn't been turned on by the stand in team and he lost two minutes
in the pits.
First girl to complete two races in one day at the Manx.
2 September 2009
Junior Day. I hadn't been on the bike for over a week. She would have needed dusting off if we hadn't
had so much rain!
Race day was dry although as it had been so changeable so quickly we opted for inter
tyres as did a few others.
As I headed off on the first lap she felt a little unsettled at Bray Hill then as we
went past Ginger Hall all Hell broke lose with me fighting her all the way into Ramsey - the steering damper had broke. I
thought she would plant me on the floor at Glen Duff. The mountain gave me a breather and I decided to give her another lap
and speak to Huddy at the pit stop. There were key places where she became a handful and my arms were tired by the end
of the race. Me and Popeye were on the spinach! The approach to May Hill was awful as one bump after another unsettled
the bike as was the exit of Barregarrow all the way down the road. I can seriously say I wouldn't want to do that
again and was shocked to find out Id done 106.
31 August 2009
A lot of time and effort would culminate
in today's Post Classic Race. I don't enjoy PR or the usual race bullshit - I'm allergic to it - but I felt
Huddy had a very good chance of a podium in this race. He left the line with the GS howling and we went back to our
area in pit lane. By the Bungalow he was lying in fourth 5 seconds behind the third placed man. The race was three
laps so he was pitting on the first lap. In he came but refused petrol saying it was all over. The engine had
an oil leak and oil covered most of the rear end of the bike. Gutted wasn't the half of it 5 months of hard work
seemed pointless at that moment in time. She's been one of the most photographed bikes in the paddock and a silly
little pipe had let us down. An awful lot of expletives came to mind I can tell you.
29 August 2009
one lap in on the SV tonight. Huddy got two good solid laps in on the GS. The weather turned as we got back to
the grandstand and that was that for the evening.
27/28 August 2009
I remember typing last
year that the weather had stopped play and here I am typing it again!